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"diminish" in British English

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diminishverb [I or T]

uk   us   /dɪˈmɪn.ɪʃ/
C1 to ​reduce or be ​reduced in ​size or ​importance: I don't ​want to diminish her ​achievements, but she did have a lot of ​help. These ​memories will not be diminished by ​time. What he did has ​seriously diminished him in many people's ​eyes. We've ​seenourhouse diminish greatly/​sharply/​substantially in ​value over the last six ​months.

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(Definition of diminish from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"diminish" in American English

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diminishverb [I/T]

 us   /dəˈmɪn·ɪʃ/
to ​reduce or be ​reduced in ​size or ​importance: [I] The ​threat of ​inflation is diminishing. [T] A single-payer ​system would diminish the ​bureaucraticcost of ​healthcare.
diminution
noun [C/U]  /ˌdɪm·əˈnu·ʃən/
(Definition of diminish from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"diminish" in Business English

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diminishverb [I or T]

uk   us   /dɪˈmɪnɪʃ/
to ​reduce or be ​reduced in ​size, ​importance, or ​value: If ​consumersstartlosingconfidence, it will diminish ​demand for ​householdgoods. Investors can ​diversify their ​holdings in ​order to diminish ​risk. Over a ​period of several ​years, these securities diminished in ​value and the ​corporation went ​bankrupt.
(Definition of diminish from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “diminish”
in Korean 줄어들다…
in Arabic يَقِلّ, يَنقُص…
in Malaysian menyusut…
in French diminuer…
in Russian уменьшать(ся), ослабевать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 減少,減小,降低…
in Italian diminuire, ridursi…
in Turkish azal(t)mak, eksil(t)mek…
in Polish zmniejszać (się)…
in Spanish disminuir…
in Vietnamese hạ bớt, giảm bớt…
in Portuguese diminuir…
in Thai ทำให้น้อยลง…
in German vermindern…
in Catalan disminuir…
in Japanese ~が小さくなる, ~を小さくする…
in Chinese (Simplified) 减少,减小,降低…
in Indonesian mengurangi…
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